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curried chicken and zucchini with couscous.

Ever cook with couscous?  It’s a staple at our house and is a quick go-to starch, taking only minutes to cook.  So when I don’t have the time or the patience to cook rice we go with couscous. And they sell a box of whole wheat couscous at TJ’s for $1.99!

This recipe is a bit tedious, I’m not going to lie…you cook a little here, stir a little there, cook a little more, stir a little more.  But it’s got all the major food groups represented – protein, carbs, veggies, even some yogurt so dairy is representin’ too.

In the end you’ll have a full belly and a few pots to scrub…but they can wait for tomorrow.

Curried Chicken and Zucchini with Couscous

(serves 4)

What You’ll Need:

1 large onion, chopped

3 tablespoons butter

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1/2 thick pieces (about 6 ounces each)

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 small zucchinis, cut into matchsticks

2 cloves minced garlic

2 teaspoons curry powder, divided

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1 1/4 cups whole wheat couscous

2 1/2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


Cook onion in 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally until soft, about 8 minutes.

Separately, season chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and saute chicken for 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown.  Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon butter, garlic,  1 teaspoon curry powder and zucchini.  Season with salt and pepper and cook about 3 minutes until zucchini is soft.

Stir broth into the onions and boil 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat until reduced by half.  Add yogurt and cook another 3 minutes.  Add 1 tablespoon butter, couscous, 1 teaspoon curry, salt and pepper, then cover tightly and turn off heat for 5 minutes.  Add chicken and zucchini to couscous and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.  Top with cilantro and toasted almonds.

TOTAL:  $7.13 or $1.78 per serving.

Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs?  Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.


595 calories per serving

25 grams of fat

47 carbs

45 grams protein

4 grams fiber

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Maren #

    I just made this and it was super yummy! Where does the second tsp of curry powder go? I stired it in with the couscous before it cooked as a guess. I enjoy your blog a lot!

    August 20, 2011
    • Thank you thank you for catching that! It gets added with the couscous just like you did. So glad you enjoyed it!

      August 20, 2011
  2. This looks so good! Can I pin this for later?

    July 23, 2012

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